I remember just after the big earthquake; the weather lady on the train was not so upbeat and became demure and reserved. Perhaps in response to the crisis it was necessary to pullback.
Recently Tokyoites are encouraged to try and conserve power this summer. In response, advertisements, poster and signboards on trains and in stations remind us of the need to conserve.
An electric signboard at Akabane Station showing us the hourly consumption for the day. Ironically shouldn’t this be turned off?
A poster at Shibuya Station reminding us that stations and trains continue to save electricity.
Industries and households are under pressure to curtail electric usage this summer to avoid triggering blackouts if demand exceeds reduced power generation capacity in regions damaged by the March disasters.
The government has asked small-lot users and households to voluntarily cut electricity consumption, also by 15 percent, by working out power-saving plans involving such steps as curtailing the use of air conditioners and unnecessary lighting. (Japan Times)
“Large-lot users” are required to reduce electricity consumption by 15 percent based on the previous year’s consumption or face hefty fines.